— VILLAGE MODEL —
Improve Skills of Child Caregivers
Promote Holistic Early Development of Rural Left-behind Children
Chunhui Village is an early childhood development intervention program specially designed for rural left-behind children and their caregivers. It mainly focuses on early learning and development of children aged 0-6 and it allows them to develop individually, focusing on their specific interests and needs. By combining the resources of families, schools and communities, we set up early learning centers that provide child nurturing skills training, interactive parent-child reading and play activity and community engagement. We are committed to creating a nurturing community environment that helps unleash the children’s full potential, supporting their physical, language, cognitive, and social-emotional development, while also positively affecting the lives of the adults who care for them. The program also addresses the needs of children and adolescents aged 7-18, and helps them develop their own hobbies, building self-esteem and confidence by gradually improving their abilities to get along with others while guiding them to participate in after-school learning, interactive games and reading activities in a safe place with their companions and teachers. The program further provides corresponding support for children with special needs by means of home visits and individual follow-ups.
WHO WE SERVE
The Village Model targets rural left-behind children who, with migrant parents working away in big cities all year around, face a myriad of challenges, struggle in school, and often fail to build the self-respect and confidence critical for their development. By the end of March 2016, a national survey into rural left-behind children led by the Ministry of Civil Affairs, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Public Security found there were 9.02 million left-behind children under the age of 16. Of these children, 8.05 million (89.3% of the total) were taken care of by grandparents; 300,000 (3.3%) by relatives or friends; 310,000 (3.4%), with one migrant parent working in a distant city, by the other parent incapable of providing necessary care; 360,000 (4%) by no one at all (China Social News, Nov. 12, 2016). We are committed to running science-based early learning programs for as many left-behind children as possible.